Romanian pigmeat industry suffering
Demand for pigmeat is rising in Romania while
shortages in pig production continue.
According to the German market association ZMP, Romania is different than
most European countries - only one million of the six million pigs reared there
are used for commercial use.
On average, less than five animals are
reared by each of the 2.6 million pig breeders. Most slaughtering is carried out
on a small scale with one quarter of the total on a commercial basis.
EU membership requirements and modernisation will inevitably change this
situation involving the introduction of more organised wide-scale slaughtering
A fall of 20% in sow production was registered this year in comparison to
2006. The number of pigs slaughtered has increased, which, according to experts
is causing depletion of stocks as pigs are not imported.
On top of that, to aggravate the situation, an outbreak of classical swine
fever occurred in Eastern Romania in October this year and harvest failures have
driven up feed prices.
Experts predict that sadly only one in four meat producers will reach EU
standards and access the market by the end of 2009.
â€¢ European Union
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